Ajit Laxman Wadekar
Born: 1 April 1941
Died: 15 August 2018
- He was an Indian international cricketer who played for the Indian national team between 1966 and 1974.
- Described as an “aggressive batsman”, Wadekar made his first-class debut in 1958, before making his foray into international cricket in 1966.
- He batted at number three and was considered to be one of the finest slip fielders.
- He also captained the Indian cricket team which won series in the West Indies and England in 1971(first victory of Indian team in test cricket outside of India was recorded in 1968 under the captaincy of Tiger Pataudi against New Zealand).
- The Government of India honoured him with the Arjuna Award (1967) and Padmashri (1972), India’s fourth highest civilian honour.
- He also served as the manager of the Indian cricket team in the 1990s, alongside captain Mohammad Azharuddin.
- He is one of the few Indians to represent the country as Test player, captain, coach/manager and the chairman of selectors.
- Lala Amarnath and Chandu Borde are the only other players to achieve this distinction.
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